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Spring Statement 2022

March 23, 2022 | Posted under: News

Spring Statement 2022Earlier today and prior to the Chancellor’s 2022 spring statement, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that record breaking energy prices and soaring fuel costs have driven up the UK’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate to a 30 year high of 6.2%.  The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) expects CPI inflation to further rise to an average of 7.4% this year and has said that UK households face the biggest fall in living standards since records…

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Warm Home Discount Scheme Guide

March 15, 2022 | Posted under: News

Warm Home Discount Scheme £140 cold weather paymentAs energy prices continue to soar, many low income UK households are struggling to keep their heads above water. And despite the government refusing to scrap VAT on energy bills, there are various government initiatives to help those in need the most such as the Warm Home Discount Scheme. What is the warm home discount scheme? How much is the warm home discount? When will I get my warm home discount? How to claim warm home discount When is…

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Council Tax Band Changes

December 8, 2021 | Posted under: News

What you need to know about council tax band changes It is now commonly known, thanks to Martin Lewis, that hundreds of thousands of UK homes have been allocated incorrect council tax bands. And, following a recent 5% hike in council tax bills in April this year and a further increase anticipated next year, it’s vitally important to find out if you’re paying the correct amount. In this guide we answer all your frequently asked questions like: ‘how much is council tax?, what is my…

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Changes to car and home insurance rules in January 2022

November 12, 2021 | Posted under: News

Changes to car and home insurance rules in January 2022 When it comes to insurance news in the UK, it’s probably safe to say that most people prefer to bury their heads in the sand rather than thinking about insurance costs going up. However, sometimes there are good changes to both car and home insurance and you should be aware of both the positives and negatives when it comes to the price you pay for your insurance premiums. If you’re wondering why has car insurance gone up in 2021,…

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Petrol prices set to reach all-time high by Christmas

November 5, 2021 | Posted under: News

Petrol prices set to reach all-time high by Christmas Many of us receive unwanted gifts for Christmas but the anticipated, record-busting rise in the cost of fuel UK has to be the number one most unwelcome ‘gift’ of all time for drivers this festive season. Average fuel prices today The latest petrol price news has revealed that around a week ago the average cost for a litre of petrol reached a record high of 142.92p and according to allstarcard.co.uk, the average petrol price today (5…

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National Living Wage/Minimum Wage to increase

November 5, 2021 | Posted under: News

National Living Wage/Minimum Wage to increase Rishi Sunak’s 2021 budget means that all struggling living and minimum wage workers in the UK will receive a very welcome pay rise from April next year. The government has accepted and is implementing proposals by the UK’s independent, advisory body for minimum pay (The Low Pay Commission) that they increase the UK minimum wage by 6.6%. Here’s what you need to know about what the National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage and Apprentice…

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Contactless card spend limit increased to £100

November 1, 2021 | Posted under: News

Contactless card spend limit increased to £100 Contactless card payments were first introduced in September 2007 by Barclaycard and since then, they’ve only continued to rise in popularity amongst consumers and businesses due to their incredible convenience. While some people have had their doubts about the safety of contactless payments, with some worrying that their cards are more likely to be stolen and used, it’s safe to say that introducing contactless limits have gone some…

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How does the UK Autumn Budget 2021 impact your money?

November 1, 2021 | Posted under: News

How does the UK Autumn Budget 2021 impact your money? Twice a year in the UK, the Chancellor announces numerous changes with regards to taxes and benefits in his budget announcement. The Chancellor’s autumn statement saw several changes that could affect your financial situation, in both good and bad ways. On Wednesday 27th of October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak was tasked with the job of delivering the contents of his UK budget for autumn 2021 in the House of Commons. As always, several of the…

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Christmas Supermarket Delivery Slots Open 2021

October 29, 2021 | Posted under: News

Christmas supermarket delivery slots released for 2021 While it’s only just turning November and you may think that it’s slightly premature to start thinking about your Christmas food shop, it’s actually best to get your Christmas delivery sorted now so that you don’t miss out on the delivery date slot that you want. The food delivery industry, including popular food apps such as UberEats and Deliveroo, saw a dramatic increase in their revenue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic…

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Huge increase in motorists putting the wrong fuel in their car during fuel crisis

September 27, 2021 | Posted under: News

Huge increase in motorists putting the wrong fuel in their car during fuel crisisMore than five times as many UK motorists as usual put the wrong type of fuel in their car over the weekend. The chaos currently engulfing the UK’s petrol stations has been exacerbated by hundreds of panicking customers filling their tanks with the wrong type of fuel, breakdown services have reported. With queues of hundreds of metres building up outside many petrol stations, more than five times as many people…

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